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Terms of Endearment Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    79

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is a wonderful film. There isn't a thing that I would change.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Time Richard Schickel

    No film since Preston Sturges was a pup has so shrewdly appreciated the way the eccentric plays hide-and-seek with the respectable in the ordinary American landscape; no comedy since Annie Hall or Manhattan has so intelligently observed not just the way people live now but what's going on in the back of their minds; and finally, and in full knowledge that one may be doing the marketing department's job for them, it is the best movie of the year.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Variety

    Teaming of Shirley MacLaine and Jack Nicholson at their best makes Terms of Endearment an enormously enjoyable offering for Christmas, adding bite and sparkle when sentiment and seamlessness threatens to sink other parts of the picture.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    Terms of Endearment is a funny, touching, beautifully acted film that covers more territory than it can easily manage.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Glossy, funny, and packs a real emotional wallop.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie delivers quite an emotional wallop. Also, there's quite a lot of sexual activity in this movie, although nothing is shown. Characters talk about sex often; one frank exchange concerns the noises people make during love-making. The movie also features a strong, if contentious, mother-daughter relationship.

  • Families can talk about other sad movies. What is a tear-jerker? When is a movie considered to be one and when is it a moving story?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Stuck in a drifting relationship, both husband and wife have affairs.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false3

    Sex: There's quite a lot of sexual activity in this movie, although nothing is shown. Characters talk about sex often; one frank exchange concerns the noises people make during love-making.

  • language false3

    Language: Infrequent mild profanity and two uses of an extreme expletive.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Two twenty-something girls smoke pot. Jack Nicholson's character drinks heavily.

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